How Superstorm Sandy has Affected People’s Awareness and Desire for Better Hurricane Protection

People still remember the devastating Superstorm Sandy and the painfully slow Hurricane Isaac. Last year’s hurricanes have cost the US billions of dollars in damages and many lives were lost. Because of the effects of the hurricanes last year, more people are becoming aware of the possible dangers to hit the US this year.

According to surveys, about two out of three residents of the Gulf Coast are concerned about their safety in the event of hurricanes and floods. The poll also revealed that 49% of the coastal residents of New York and New Jersey have taken more steps to protect themselves against hurricane and flood after Superstorm Sandy. However, only 21% of the coastal residents of the Gulf Coast and 22% from the Southern Atlantic coast said that the Superstorm Sandy has encouraged them to take more steps to prepare for hurricanes this year.

Possible Actions to Take

Despite the increase in awareness, the survey reveals that not many people have actually taken safety precautions to prepare themselves in the event of hurricanes. That is why the Red Cross and the Weather Channel reminds everyone to have an emergency evacuation plan, emergency kits and other necessities to prepare for this year’s hurricane season.
Tools and resources are now available to better prepare for disasters. The Red Cross has downloadable mobile apps that enable users to gain easy access to information that can be used in the event of emergencies. Families also need to update their evacuation plans. Take into account what each member of the family should do in the event that one is separated from the family. This will involve coordinating with your child’s school and your office. Be aware also of your community’s emergency plans.

Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction System

Preparing a hurricane protection system is indeed no easy task. There’s the Levee Information Management System created by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, for instance. This software program allows anyone to see which gates are open or closed. The idea is that when a storm hits near a region, then all the openings must be closed. But it is not always that simple. The process is complicated as many factors need to be taken into account, including wind speed and direction, changes in tide, storm track and other vital information. A mistake could lead to even bigger problems.

This Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction System is complicated, but it has proven to be quite effective. Last year, when Hurricane Isaac struck, people outside the system suffered grave damages while those within only suffered minor drawbacks, like power outages.
Major changes are also being implemented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide better hurricane protection. For instance, there has been an improvement in the tropical outlooks. The National Hurricane Center will now extend their tropical outlooks to five days forward instead of the 48 hours in the past. This is a useful change as the tropical outlook will indicate where the weather disturbance is located and determine its potential for tropical development.